Books to make you read. Books to make you write.

In a book

I’ve been lucky enough recently to have been reading some truly enjoyable books. They’re the kind of books which not only give me pleasure to read, but they give me pleasure to write too.

When I think about somehow stirring an audience in the way a great book stirs me, it not only gives you that sense of striving towards some fantastic goal, it gives you the impetus to do so. It also reminds you why you write.

Most of all I write for me, because I enjoy the process, because I enjoy the product. I think more than anything that’s key to being a good writer. But thinking about others reading your work, stirring an audience to share the emotion and the passion you try to carve out with your words, well that’s pretty important too.   And when you recognise that skill in others, it sure motivates you to work towards the same. Because nobody likes to make people cry, unless you’re a bad person, but if you do it with fiction? You’re a genius.

So here’s some books that made me love reading recently, and made me loving writing again too:

Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

Having just won the Arthur C. Clarke award for science fiction it’s likely a name you’ve heard. But it’s been a long time since I read a book in 24 hours, and enjoyed every minute of doing so. While the apocalyptic element of the world’s collapse provides the setting for the novel, it’s character, memory and emotion that truly make it a great read.

Skippy Dies by Paul Murray

Skippy Dies by Paul Murray

A beautiful example of a book that works multiple narrators and varied tone of voice to provide a rich tapestry of character. Based around the tragic events of the titular character, the book carries you along on a rollercoaster of hormones, love and adventure with a truly engaging and believable atmosphere of the difficulties of growing up.

The Martian by Andy Weir

The Martian by Andy Weir

Already optioned for a film that’s in production I believe. You should read the novel first, when should you ever not? Follow the misadventure of one man, stuck on Mars by a terrible mission mishap, and his struggle to survive with the help of humour, ingenuity, and potatoes. Yes potatoes. It’s the narrator, and the humour that demands you chuckle your way through that really makes this such a great read.

Books. Inspiration! I’m off to do some more writing. It probably won’t be as good as the writing noted above. But then you have to wonder, how many writers read something they love, and think exactly the same thing?

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